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John P. Mistretta Manufacturing Technology Division Chief elected to SME College of Fellows
The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), the world's leading professional society serving the manufacturing industry, has elected John P. Mistretta to the prestigious College of Fellows for 2006. Mr. Mistretta is the chief of the Air Force Research Laboratory's Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Manufacturing Technology Division. He
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2006
Cecelia Mitchell, anthropologist and research scientist at the Air Force Research Laboratory, explains how a 3D anthropometric full-body surface scan works while a test subject model poses in the standing scan position in the scanner. As seen on the model, researchers place 72 white stickers at key anatomical sites on the body. These site stickers allow researchers to take additional measurements from scanned data, using the stickers as reference points.  (Air Force photo by Chris Gulliford, AFRL Human Effectiveness Directorate) Air Force fosters worldwide anthropometry resources
One researcher's vision of a 3-D anthropometric database has morphed into a nascent worldwide organization, uniting 10 countries on six continents, in a quest to better fit the human body with its clothing, technology and environment. Dr. Kathleen Robinette, principal research anthropologist for the Air Force Research Laboratory's Human
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2006
This swept-wing test article, mounted on a Cessna test bed aircraft, was part of the recent AFRL Subsonic Swept-Wing Laminar Flow Flight Test. AFRL completes Subsonic Swept-Wing Laminar Flow Flight Test
Turbulent air flow over an air vehicle wing surface increases airfoil drag and inhibits efficient flight. In an effort to reduce this problem, the Air Force Research Laboratory recently completed the Subsonic Swept-Wing Laminar Flow Flight Test (SWIFT). AFRL researchers completed SWIFT flight testing to investigate span-wise periodic discrete
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2006
Army Spc. Chad Tobin (left) and Staff Sgt. Stephan Simmins participated in an On-The-Move training exercise in June at Fort Dix, N. J. The exercise featured Air Force technology applied to support the Army’s Future Force Warrior concept, including a goggle-mounted display, a hand-held mouse that activates push-to-talk PC voice command software, a backpack PC and power system, and rifle-mounted laser range finder. (Photo by David Darkow, 670 AESS) Army praises Air Force for future battlefield improvements
In front-line ground combat situations, specially trained Air Force warfighters must peer into the fog of war, collect target data from Army spotters, clearly grasp complex facts under high-stress chaotic conditions and render a decision that will rain lethal air strikes against nearby enemy targets. The Air Force Research Laboratory's Human
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2006
Default Air Force Logo AFRL and JEDC enter into SpringBoard Partnership Intermediary Agreement
The Air Force Research Laboratory will host members from the Juneau Economic Development Council (JEDC) and the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) at a Oct. 26 kickoff meeting to begin work on the partnership intermediary agreement (PIA), referred to as SpringBoard. JEDC, a not-for-profit organization based in Juneau, Alaska, entered into the
0 12/06
2006
Default Air Force Logo First-ever laser test conducted using recycled fuel
The world's first firing of a laser using recycled fuel was conducted recently by an Air Force and Boeing Company team. During an Aug. 24 test at the Air Force Research Laboratory's Directed Energy Directorate, a chemical laser was supplied with its two main fuels--basic hydrogen peroxide and chlorine--which were regenerated from waste products
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2006
Four Kirtland AFB team members participating in the Air Force Research Laboratory-sponsored Junior Workforce Challenge Project, Jaton Wince (top left), 1st Lt. Kenneth McDougall (bottom left), Jack Massarello (top right) and Capt. Chris Rehm, look under the hood of one of the automobiles the group has employed to test their vehicle-stopper prototypes. The six-member squad will demonstrate their efforts, along with another six-person group from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, during a judged competition at a Raytheon facility in Arizona in November. (Air Force photo by Michael P. Kleiman) Teams prepare for show stopper demonstrations
Two, six-member Junior Workforce Challenge Project teams working on non-lethal, vehicle-halting prototypes for deployed area checkpoints will display their efforts at an upcoming competition. Each team consists of Air Force junior officers and civilians. They have been working on ideas since June, one team here and the other at Wright-Patterson Air
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2006
ATacSat-2 micro satellite is readied for thermal vacuum testing at AFRL's Space Vehicles Directorate, Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M. (Air Force photo) Responsive space demonstrator ready to roll
Officials are saying the December launch of a tactical satellite, dubbed TacSat-2, will serve as the predecessor for rapid satellite production, launch and operation. Managed by the Air Force Research Laboratory's Space Vehicles Directorate, TacSat-2 has evolved into a responsive space demonstrator ready for flight in 24 months. Similar military
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2006
Joe MacKrell (left) of Naval Research Laboratory and Larry Lemke of NASA Ames demonstrate the Vertical Wind Tunnel testing of the Mars Flyer Model. (Air Force photo Holly Jordan) AFRL tests Mars Flyer concept
Air Force Research Laboratory researchers continue to play a critical role in the future of Mars exploration. Scientists from AFRL's Air Vehicles Aerospace Vehicle Integration and Demonstration Branch, NASA Ames Research Center, and Naval Research Laboratory met from September 18-20 to perform testing of a Mars Flyer model in AFRL's vertical wind
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2006
First Lt. Jeremiah Miller draws a fuel sample from jet fuel stocks at the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Propulsion Directorate for alternative fuels experiments. The lab is at the forefront of synthetic fuel research in support of the Office of the Secretary of Defense Assured Fuels Initiative. (Air Force photo by Adrian DeNardo) AFRL leads way to test, certify synthetic fuels
As an integral partner in the Office of the Secretary of Defense Assured Fuels Initiative, the Air Force Research Laboratory is leading the investigation for suitable, domestically produced alternative fuels for military use.AFRL is now certifying suitable fuels for the Air Force fleet, as part of the Air Force's comprehensive energy strategy.
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